This article is sponsored by ESTAS.net
Last year, when Alan and I traveled to Australia as part of our 64-day South Pacific cruise, we applied online for the required Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) that was attached electronically to our passport. The process was quick and easy. In a matter of a few minutes and a couple clicks of the computer mouse, we had our ETA’s.
Australia, along with 37 other countries participates in the Visa Waiver Program administered by the United States Department of Homeland Security. This reciprocal arrangement allows citizens from 38 member countries to visit the United States for business or tourism for up to 90 days without requiring a visa. But they do have to apply for an electronic authorization (ESTA).
U.S. citizens are offered the same no visa requirement when traveling to any of the 38 member countries. However some, like Australia, require an electronic travel authorization.
While the following information isn’t pertinent to our U.S. readers traveling to any of the Visa Waiver countries, if you have friends or family from one of those 38 countries planning to visit you, read on to discover how to apply.
ESTAS.net Takes the Hassle out of your ESTA application
Not to be confused with a VISA, the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authority) streamlines entry into the U.S., by pre-screening visitors before they arrive. Visitors may apply directly at the Department of Homeland Security for a fee of $14, if they’re confident in their ability to understand the process.
Although the process is meant to be a timesaving process for entering the U.S., filling out the paperwork can be confusing; especially if English is your second language. That’s why using a site like ESTAS.net is helpful. And they report a 95% approval rate on applications.
I remember the angst of filling out a VISA for travel to China. Using a professional service to walk me through it relieved the stress of wondering if I would be turned down because of a careless error on my application. ESTAS.net does the same thing for visitors to the U.S., if their home country participates in the Visa Waiver Program.
All you have to do is visit their website to begin filling out the application. And the sensitive information that you submit is protected by a sophisticated software system. The company also promises to keep all information confidential.
What type of information is required to apply for the Visa Waiver Program?
- Home address and phone number
- Valid passport
- Current email address
- Credit or debit card for payment
Payment for the service is $74, which can be paid by credit or debit card. If, for any reason, your application is denied, you’ll receive a full refund.
One of the benefits of using ESTAS.net is that an agent reviews application for errors or omissions. Agents can also communicate with customers in their native language, if necessary. Need an one in a hurry? Agents are expert in expediting the process.
The website is filled with helpful information for the Visa Waiver Program applicant. I found the ESTA Learning Center to be packed with excellent advice. The answers to the Commonly Asked Questions section are especially good.
And if you’re planning a trip to the U.S.A., the ESTA Travel Blogs will keep you updated on current information about the Visa Waiver Program. Other posts offer helpful information about visiting, such as how to blend in during a visit to the United States or what types of food to expect.
So, good luck on your application. And, remember, ESTAS.net is available to make the process quick and easy. More importantly, enjoy your visit to the United States. We’re happy to have you.